The UPS Story
Founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States, UPS has grown to become a leader in global commerce in more than 220 countries and territories.
As the world’s largest package delivery company and a leading provider of logistics services, UPS supports businesses from coast-to-coast and reaches every address in the U.S. The company employs more than 350,000 people in the U.S. with about 260,000 Teamster-represented employees in high-quality full- and part-time jobs in nearly every community across the United States.
Together with our dedicated employees, UPS moves 6 percent of U.S. GDP. We enable businesses of all shapes and sizes to take advantage of e-commerce, reaching customers across town and all across the globe. In other words, we help move the U.S. economy forward.
UPS is also committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work. That was the philosophy behind UPS founder Jim Casey’s creation of The UPS Foundation in 1951, which provides a platform for UPSers to lend their professional capabilities, resources and millions of volunteer hours to their local communities.
Throughout these labor contract negotiations, UPS is committed to upholding our values as a strong corporate citizen, and we look forward to working in partnership with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters on an agreement that rewards our employees for their hard work while ensuring the next century at UPS is as bright as the last 110 years.
Did You Know?
- UPS has more Teamster-represented employees than any other company in the U.S.
- More than 80 years ago, UPS founder Jim Casey invited the IBT to represent his employees because he believed his workers deserved representation.
- In 2016, UPS paid $3.6 billion in taxes worldwide at the local, state and federal level, which helped fund schools, community infrastructure and other critical public services.
- UPS made a commitment in 2013 to hire 25,000 veterans during the next five years, and doubled that goal to 50,000 in 2014. By February 2017, UPS had hired 67,000 returning veterans – 131 percent of our goal.
- UPSers have donated more than $1 billion to United Way since 1982. In 2014, UPS pledged to complete 20 million hours of global volunteerism and community service by 2020. We are already 64 percent of the way toward that goal.